Ordering “secret” fast food menu items
Fast food menus are constantly in flux. They will add and remove things as times and tastes change. However, since everything uses the same basic ingredients, it’s usually still within a fast food restaurant’s power to make these discontinued items if they are so inclined. This is how a “secret menu” is created. Items that have been discontinued but can still be ordered because they still have the stuff there to make it, they just don’t advertise it. Many of our favorite fast food places have these “hidden” menu items, and if you Google hard enough, you’ll find them.
Or, you can just have me do it for you. Here are some of the “hidden menu” items you can still find at some of our favorite fast food places.
In ‘n Out Burger has the most well known of the “secret menus”. It’s most well known because they actually posted it on their website (thereby negating the “secret” part). You can get a grilled cheese, “Animal Style” burgers (mustard grilled burgers, cheese, grilled onions) as well as “Animal Style” fries (same toppings as the burgers) and burgers labeled like they were lumber; 3×3 (3 patties and 3 cheese slices) and 4×4 (4 patties and 4 slices of cheese). They even go all the way up to a 100 x 100 burger which you need two friends to help you carry out of the restaurant. And in a great reference to a Blues Brothers song (Rubber Biscuit) In-n-Out has a secret sandwich called a “Wish Burger”. As the song says, a “Wish Burger [sandwich]” is the kind of a sandwich, “where you have two slices of bread and you, hehehehehe, WISH you had some meat! Bow, Bow, Bow!” The buns are piled high with lettuce, onions, double tomatoes and sauce.
If you go to Starbucks there are a plethora of options for you to choose from that aren’t specifically on the menu. Tired of feeling hemmed in by the size choices and paying $5 for a small? Order the original small size (before Starbucks supersized their choices) — it’s called Short (currently the kid’s size). How about a Cap’n Crunch Berry Frappuccino which involves a Strawberries & Cream Frappucino with a pump of hazelnut flavoring? It supposedly tastes just like the cereal. For you caffeine cowboys out there order up The Red Eye which is a normal drip coffee with an extra shot of espresso. Want two shots of espresso? It’s a Black Eye. Don’t feel like sleeping the next two days? Try a Green Eye (3 shots of espresso). FYI, if you want an extra shot of espresso at Dunkin’ Donuts it’s called a Turbo Hot Coffee.
According to the McDonald’s employee group at Live Journal, there are tons of creations you can order “off the menu”. How about a Neopolitan milkshake? It’s a mixture of the strawberry, vanilla and chocolate shakes. Or the awesomely named McGangbang, which is a McChicken sandwich in the middle of a double cheeseburger. If you think your arteries are getting a bit loose, try the Monster Mac which is a Big Mac with 8 burger patties. That’ll harden up those loose arteries in no time. Also try the Chicken & Waffles; it’s a McGriddle sandwich with chicken instead of sausage. Or, if you want a sampling of everything, try the Land, Sea & Air Burger which consists of a hamburger patty, a Filet-O-Fish and a chicken patty stacked on top of each other, separated with cheese and between two buns. See all the fun you can get into at Mickey D’s?
Wendy’s has two big sandwiches you can order off the “secret menu”. First is the Grand Slam which has a total of four meat patties. The other sandwich is the Barnyard which is a spicy chicken sandwich with ham, bacon and beef all separated by a slice of cheese. I think I may have to try that second sandwich at one point in my life.
Burger King has a few delightful choices you can order “on the down low”. The Suicide Burger contains 4 meat patties, 4 slices of cheese and 4 slices of bacon. Sound familiar? It’s the ingredients that were also used in the BK Quad Stacker. The Rodeo Burger is a Whopper with a grilled onion ring and covered in BBQ sauce. The BK Club is a chicken sandwich with bacon, tomato and cheese.
Dude, I LOVE Jamba Juice. And actually, I don’t know that love is a strong enough word. I love my wife. I love my kitty. But I LOVE Jamba Juice. When I was in LA, I’d literally have two smoothies a day from them. One for breakfast and one after lunch. It was insane. Two Jambas opened up about 30 minutes from my house here in Jax but one of them definitely closed. According to the website, the second one is also closed. Anyway, Jamba is another place that has a ton of “off the menu” flavors you can order. Try the PB&J, or Gummy Bear, or Fruity Pebbles or any of a number of candy flavored smoothies like Starbust, Skittles and Now and Laters.
Now, with the help of the Cavalcade of Awesome, you are one of the precious few who are “in the know”. You’ll be able to walk into any of these fast food establishments and order like a pro. Use the knowledge wisely, Daniel-san.
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